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Indoor Plants

10 Houseplants that Clean Indoor Air

January 23, 2019 2 min read

Did you know that some of your favourite houseplants can clean toxins out of the air? Find out more about how green friends purify your home!

Plants and people have had a long history together from agricultural crops to therapeutic applications. In 1989, NASA conducted a study to see the effects of low gravity on plants and their ability to remove toxins from the air in hopes of purifying future space habitats.

Aside from eliminating carbon dioxide (CO2) the researchers also discovered that some plants were efficient in removing benzene, Trichloroethylene (TCE) and formaldehyde from indoor air. You can read the complete study online.

Here are our favourite houseplants that clean the air.

Houseplants for low light

If you have an area that receives minimal sunlight, all hope is not lost! These plants will be happy without any direct sunlight for long periods. Be careful not to over water.

Houseplants for medium light

These plants will enjoy a few hours of sunlight every day.

English Ivy
English Ivy

Houseplants for high light

If there is an area that has plenty of direct sun, these tropical plants will thrive.


“If man is to move into closed environments, on Earth or in space, he must take along nature’s life support system.” – NASA